As a writer, metaphors and plots come to mind at random moments. I have to grab anything around me to write them down or else by the time I sit down and write, I have forgetten. Stacks of napkins and sticky notes is how I strategize my next story idea. How do famous writers plan their next novel? Open Culture reveals how popular writers visually outline their novels. One piece of advice to future authors, instead of staring at a blank page grab a writing utensil and start planning wherever and however. Remember, “Every great novel—or at least every finished novel—needs a plan.”
Rejection may be painful, but it’s a great component to experience. Don’t allow one disappointment to control the rest of your life. Instead take that criticism to improve and most importantly try again. We often allow rejection to replace our shadows without realizing it and carry that burden everywhere we go. The cartoon below from Neatorama my be simple and cute, but it holds great meaning. Don’t be the puppet of your own rejection, cut the strings and let go.
Getting a reference letter can be challenging and often frustrating. Who to ask, how to ask, and what to say are common concerns. What if I told you it can be easier than you think. Lifehacker suggests asking volunteer jobs for reference letters. We all know that including your volunteer experiences is a great way to fluff up your resume, why not take it a step further and ask for a reference letter. What a great way to honor your volunteer work while also gaining giving potential employers valuable feedback on your volunteer work experience.
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are good for advertising, communicating, and most popular socializing. When using these sites there are a few rules to consider. For instance, publishing when no one’s online, not so smart. You don’t always have to publish your post the moment you write it. If you think of an interesting tweet at 2am, it’s okay to write it down and tweet in the morning when more people are awake. “Holding back when we’ve finished a great new post could actually be more useful for us, though,” says Cooper. It takes effort to create new content, why waste something you have worked hard on. Keep calm and share it with the world at the right moment, especially if you have a feeling it’s really good.
One thing I have learned in Digital Rhetoric this semester is to consider “who is my audience and their importance.” Be careful not to talk to the wrong people. For example, “If more men read blogs at night than women, you’ll probably want to post earlier in the day if women are your target audience.” Don’t publish when it’s convenient for you, be suitable for your audience. Whether or not we admit it, we write and post to capture an audience.
Don’t be a victim of a whoops moment, take the time and read Belle Beth Cooper’s counterintuitive advice and see more examples of common social media mistakes. Remember, social media should be handled with care like fine china.